B Page - Sept. 19, 2011 -- Colleges

Perry's (Stark) Frease (L) and St. Joe's Grabiec (R)

St. Joe alumna Amy Grabiec registers 12 digs, Perry (Stark) grad Marie Frease 13 kills as Cleveland State volleyball tops Wright State in three sets

The Wright State volleyball team dropped a three-set Horizon League decision to Cleveland State Saturday at the C.J. McLin Gymnasium.  The Vikings won the match 25-15, 25-17, 25-20.

WSU led 4-2 early in the opening set before CSU tallied four straight points.  The Raiders trailed just 15-12 following an Alaina McAuley kill, only to see the Vikings go on a 10-3 run the rest of the way.

Cleveland State then jumped out to a 6-0 lead in leading the entire way in the second set and was up 15-9 in the third before Wright State scored seven in a row, three of those coming on a pair of service aces and a kill by Heidi Splinter, to take a 16-15 advantage.

The Vikings, though, answered with five straight of their own to go back in front for good.

CSU finished with a 41-30 kill advantage and outhit WSU .378-.122.

Both McAuley and Splinter recorded 12 kills for the Raiders while Jessica Levy had nine digs and Ashleigh Lucco 25 assists.

Marie Frease paced Cleveland State (9-4, 1-1 Horizon) with 13 kills in hitting .550 for the match while Kara Koch had 12 kills, Amy Grabiec 12 digs and Jordan Goad 32 assists.

Mount Union football runs over John Carroll

Junior running back Jeremy Murray (Martins Ferry/Martins Ferry) and junior wide receiver Jasper Collins(Geneva, N.Y./Geneva) had career nights to lead Mount Union, ranked No. 2 in the nation by D3football.com, to a 58-7 victory over John Carroll in the Ohio Athletic Conference opener before a sellout crowd of 6,252 at Mount Union Stadium on Saturday night.

Murray finished with career-highs of 254 yards and three touchdowns (on 20 carries) for Mount Union (2-0, 1-0 OAC). Also, junior wide receiver Jasper Collins (Geneva, N.Y./Geneva) had a career-best three touchdown catches. Collins finished with eight catches for 109 yards.

The Purple Raiders finished the game with 631 total yards, their highest total since gaining 657 yards againstWheaton (a 45-24 win) in a NCAA Division III national semifinal game on Dec. 13, 2008. It was Mount Union's best regular-season performance for total yards since a 648-yard performance against Baldwin-Wallace (a 48-3 win) on Oct. 4, 2008.
Junior quarterback Neal Seaman (Louisville/Louisville) completed 10 of 13 passes for 150 yards and two touchdowns.

Spartans Clicking on All Cylinders in 4-0 Victory Versus Oberlin; Forge alum Vinny Bell nets two goals and an assist

CLEVELAND (U District) – All-American senior Vinny Bell (Parma Heights, Ohio/Valley Forge) scored two goals and added an assist and the defense held the Oberlin College attack in check as the Case Western Reserve University men's soccer team earned a 4-0 victory versus the Yeomen on Saturday, September 17 at Case Field.

With the win, the Spartans improve to 5-1 overall and will return to action on Tuesday, September 20, when they take on Penn State-Behrend at 5:00 p.m. in Erie, Pennsylvania at Family First Sports Park. With its loss, Oberlin falls to 2-5.

The Spartans got on the board early in the fourth minute when Bell lobbed a shot on a loose ball scramble from 35 yards out over the outstretched arms of the Oberlin goalkeeper for a quick 1-0 Case advantage.

Case added to its lead just over nine minutes later when junior Eric Erb (Worthington, Ohio/Thomas Worthington) collected a rebound off a shot from Bell and tapped in the bouncing ball for a 2-0 lead. The assist was Bell’s team-leading third helper.

The Spartans made it 3-0 in the 57th minute when freshman forward Patrick O’Day (Plano, Texas/Plano Senior) was on the receiving end of a perfect corner kick from junior midfielder Ross Twanmoh (Fallston, Md./Fallston). The goal gives O’Day eight goals through six matches for the Spartans.

Case increased its lead to 4-0 when junior forward Rene Silva (Hudson, Ohio/Western Reserve Academy) charged the Yeomen net in the 61st minute and sent a shot from 15 yards out that deflected off the Yeomen goalkeeper right to the feet of Bell. The fourth-year Spartan calmly drilled it home for his eighth goal of the year tying him with O’Day for team-best honors.

In goal, Spartan senior goalkeeper Ben Yabrow (Marietta, Ga./George Walton Comprehensive) played 77:25 of shutout soccer and collected three saves to earn the win before being relieved by junior Ryan Koepka (Venetia, Pa./Peters Township) for the final 12:35 of action. Oberlin's Brandt Rentel made 10 saves in goal for the Yeomen.

Baldwin-Wallace Beats Heidelberg, 35-20, 

Behind Lohr and O’Rourke on Family and 

Community Night in Berea

BEREA --  Junior running back Tyler Lohr (Kent/ Roosevelt) ran for a career-high 119 yards and scored on touchdown runs of 1 and 2 yards as theBaldwin-Wallace College football team defeated Heidelberg College, 35-20, tonight (Saturday, September 17, 2011) in the Ohio Athletic Conference opener for each team on Family and Community Night on Tressel Field in The George Finnie Stadium.  This game will be televised by SportsTime Ohio tonight at 11:00 p.m.

In addition to leading B-W to its second straight win to open the season, Lohr was tabbed as the Dick Miller Family & Community Night B-W Outstanding Player of the Game. Another Yellow Jacket to have a strong game was junior quarterback Ryan O’Rourke who completed 24-of-29 passes for 279 yards and three TD without an interception.

With its win, the B-W improved to 2-0 and 1-0 in the OAC while Heidelberg evened its mark at 1-1 overall and is now 0-1 in the league.  Heidelberg led 13-3 after one quarter and 20-16 at halftime while B-W led 22-20 after three quarters.

Heidelberg opened the scoring at the 13:50 mark of the first quarter when freshman quarterback Michael Mees (North Ridgeville) threw a five-yard touchdown pass to senior tight end Jozey Hill.  The Student Princes took the opening kick and drove 76 yards in four plays and took just 1:10 off of the clock.  Junior kicker Dan Kilger’s point-after-touchdown boot was good for a 7-0 lead.

B-W closed the gap to 7-3 at the 3:18 mark of the first stanza when senior PK Dave Cantu (Amherst/ Marion Steele) made a 22-yard field goal. But Heidelberg struck right back 15 seconds later when sophomore RB Cartel Brooks return Cantu’s kickoff 85 yards for a TD, but the PAT kick was missed and the Princes led, 13-3.

B-W again closed the gap to 13-10 at the 14:06 mark of the second quarter when O’Rourke threw a 4-yard TD pass to freshman RB Willie Jackson (Citrus Springs, Fla. / Crystal River) and Cantu’s PAT kick capped a 10-play and 59-yard drive in 3:51.

The Yellow Jackets took their first lead of the game at 16-13 the 7:23 mark when Lohr muscled in from one yard, but Cantu’s PAT kick was wide. The scoring play ended an 11-play and 71-yard drive in 4:46.

The Student Princes forged ahead at 20-16 at the 3:38 mark when sophomore RB Germany Woods (St. Edward) ran one yard to paydirt and Kilger kicked the PAT to cap a nine-play and 73-yard drive in 3:50.  Kilger had a field goal attempt blocked with three seconds remaining to end the half.

B-W went back in front 22-20 at the 1:31 mark of the third stanza when Lohr bulled in from two yards out to cap a 12-play and 55-yard drive in 6:11. Unfortunately Cantu’s PAT boot hit the right upright and bounced back onto the field of play.

The Jackets built their largest lead at 29-20 when O’Rourke threw a 14-yard TD pass to sophomore wide receiver Josiah Holt (Elyria/ Grafton Midview) at the 10:59 mark of the final quarter to cap a 9-play and 80-yard jaunt in 4:15 through the Berg defense. Cantu added the PAT.

Following an interception by senior All-OAC cornerback Matt Bowen (Tiffin/ Columbian) which set up the B-W offense on the Berg 16-yard line, O’Rourke drove the Jackets to paydirt in 4 plays when he threw his third TD pass of the game, a 7-yarder to junior Troy VanMeter (Gahanna/ Westerville North). The PAT was missed and B-W led, 35-20.

'BERG volleyball splits pair of matches to 

close Great Lakes Regional Challenge

SPRINGFIELD, Ohio-The No. 11 Heidelberg University volleyball team split a pair of matches today in the second of two days of action at Wittenberg University's Great Lakes Regional Challenge inside Pam Evans Smith Arena at
in Springfield, Ohio.  The Berg lost to defending NCAA champion and top-ranked Calvin (Mich.) College, 3-1 (25-14, 27-25, 14-25, 25-14), but came back to beat No. 13 Hope (Mich.) College, 3-0 (26-24, 30-28, 25-14).

The split makes 'Berg 10-2 overall.

Against Calvin, sophomore middle hitter Amber Welfle (Norwalk/St. Paul) led the team in kills with 11, while junior setter Rachel Ferguson (Brighton,Mich./Brighton) had the match-high 20 assists. Leading the way in digs
against Calvin was freshman defensive specialist Tessa Benanzer (Fort Loramie) with 17. 

Against Hope, the Berg bounced back to gain another win for the weekend.

Mount Union Men's Soccer: Beck Scores Goal in Third Straight Game in 2-1 Win Over W&J

ALLIANCE, Ohio—Thomas Beck (Poland/Cardinal Mooney) scored his seventh goal of the season as theMount Union men's soccer team picked up a 2-1 victory over Washington & Jefferson. The Purple Raiders (5-2) have won both of their home matches this season.

Mount Union actually knocked fewer balls in goal than the visiting Presidents (2-3) despite winning on the scoreboard. 

The Purple Raiders got on the board first in the 29th minute when a cross by midfielder Chris Motley (Kent/St. Vincent-St.Mary) deflected off a Washington & Jefferson defender for a goal. The keeper stopped the ball mid-air just before crossing the goal line, but his momentum carried him across the line for the goal.

Beck added a goal in the opening minutes of the second half off a giveaway by the defense to give the Purple Raiders a 2-0 lead

B-W Women’s Golf Team Places Second at The College of Wooster Tournament

BEREA –  Junior Rebecca Kapusta (Independence) carded a round of 87 as the defending Ohio Athletic Conference champion Baldwin-Wallace Collegewomen’s golf team placed second of four teams today (Saturday, September 17) at The College of Wooster Fall Invitational Tournament at the WoosterCountry Club in Wooster, Ohio.

This was the second of five fall tournaments for the Yellow Jackets.  B-W totalled 366 strokes on the par-72 and 6,535-yard Wooster C.C. layout.

In addition to Kaputsa, junior Brooke Hamilton (Cleveland/ St. Joseph Academy) and freshman Rebecca Jones (Hilliard/ Darby) each had rounds of 89, sophomore Miranda Cunningham (Dayton/ Christian) had a 91 and sophomore Smilee Woolf (Ravenna) had a 94.
Playing as individuals, sophomore Sarah Allred (Akron/ Green) had a 92 and junior Sarah Terrill (Cuyahoga Falls/ Cuyahoga Christian Academy) had a 112.

Twinsburg's Kelly Leads Spartans Men’s Harriers to Seventh-Place Finish at Calvin Invite

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. -- Junior Chris Kelly (Twinsburg, Ohio/Twinsburg) led the Case Western Reserve University men’s cross country team to a 7th place finish out of 18 competing teams at the highly-competitive Calvin College Knight Invitational run on the Gainey Athletic Fields.

Kelly completed the race with a time of 25:14.26 and came in 14th overall in the rigorous field. Calvin College (Mich.) – ranked No. 5 in the latest United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCA) national poll – won the team title with 37 points. Allegheny College (Pa.) finished second with 81 points, while Ohio Northern University was third with 117, the University of Mount Union finished fourth with 177 and Cornerstone University (Mich.) rounded out the top five with 184.

The Spartans show team depth at a meet that featured more 201 runners participants in the 8k race. Senior Christopher Wade (Berea, Ohio/Berea) placed 36th in a time of 26:16.80, sophomore David Dixon (Atlanta, Georgia/Lakeside) was right behind Wade placing 42nd in a time of 26:22.20. Senior Ethan Teare (Burton, Ohio/Berkshire) placed 60th in 26:30.40, while sophomore Wyatt Hoch (Perrysburg, Ohio/Perrysburg) completed the scoring for the Spartans coming in 73rd in 26:50.00.

Also of note, a few select Case men’s cross country runners competed at the Behrend Invitational on Saturday hosted by Penn State Behrend and finished fifth out of 14 teams competing. Junior Paul Curtiss (Newport Beach, California/Newport Harbor) led the way with a 22nd place finish and a time of 27:35.8 while sophomore Mitchell Haynes (Henrietta, N.Y./Rush-Henrietta) wound up 26th in a time of 27:52.10.

Leah Levey Notches Score, Adds Assist as Spartans Blank Otterbein, 2-0

CLEVELAND, Ohio – Sophomore forward Leah Levey (Columbus, Ohio/Bexley) recorded her first goal of the season and assisted on the other Spartan goal leading the Case Western Reserve University women's soccer team past Ohio Athletic Conference opponent Otterbein University, 2-0, on Saturday, September 17 at Case Field.

With the win, the Spartans improve to 4-1-1 overall and have four shutouts in six contests this fall. Case returns to action this Tuesday, September 20, on the road at cross-town rival Baldwin-Wallace College at 7:30 p.m. in Berea. With its loss, Otterbein falls to 2-4.

Junior Devyn Lee (Pennsylvania Furnace, Pa./State College) broke the scoreless tie with her first goal of the season and third of her career via an assist from Levey’s first assist of the year in the 64th minute. Levey added an insurance score for Case in the 87th minute following a nifty give-and-go with junior midfielder Kendra Simmons (Medina, Ohio/Walsh Jesuit).

In goal, senior captain Anna Kennedy (Evanston, Ill./Evanston Township) recorded six saves to post her fourth shutout of the season and 14th of her career to improve to 4-1-1 overall. Otterbein's Sarah Uhlenbrock made four stops in the loss.

Case Reserve Spikers Finish Weekend 2-2 at Hiram Invitational; Southard Named to All-Tournament Team

HIRAM – The Case Western Reserve University volleyball team posted a 1-1 record for the second straight day to finish 2-2 during the Hiram Invitational. The Spartans defeated Geneva College (Pa.) before being swept by host Hiram College in the finale.

Case Western Reserve (9-4) got off to a quick start versus Geneva -- a team they swept just two weeks ago during the Mount Union Invitational -- winning the first set by a 25-11 score. Geneva took the second set by a narrow 25-23 margin before the Spartans won the final two sets via tallies of 25-14 and 27-25.

Senior middle hitter Tricia McCutchan (Hamilton, Ohio/Stephen T. Badin) and freshman Natalie Southard (Buffalo, N.Y./City Honors School) were the top offensive performers with 20 and 11 kills, respectively. Junior setter Breana Freeman (Geneva, Ohio/Geneva) paced the attack with 47 assists.

Defensively, juniors Rachel Gulasey (Cleveland, Ohio/Magnificat), McCutchan and Olivia Stanton-Ameisen (Bryn Mawr, Pa./The Baldwin School) led the way with 19, 14 and 12 digs, respectively.

In the finale against Hiram, the Terriers grabbed three close set victories by counts of 25-20, 25-23 and 25-23. Southard totaled 11 kills on just 21 attempts with one error to go along with three block solos and four block assists.

For the weekend, Southard recorded 48 kills against just 11 errors for a .374 hitting percentage to go along with a combined seven block solos and 10 block assists. Freeman paced the offense with 23 assists, and Gulasey led the defense with 24 digs.

Spartan Men’s Tennis Prospers on Day Two of Purdue Invitational

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – The Case Western Reserve University men’s tennis team fared well on the second day of the Purdue Invitational  on Saturday, September 17, picking up victories in several flights of both singles and doubles play against Division I opponents at the Schwartz Tennis Center.

The Spartans conclude action during the three-day invitational today (Monday) beginning at 8:00 a.m.

Highlighting singles action for the Spartans during day two were freshman Will Drougas (Roanoke, Va./Salem) and sophomore Eric Klawitter (Arlington Heights, Ill./John Hershey). Drougas continued his impressive weekend by advancing to Sunday’s semifinals of the Flight A back draw. He defeated Garrett Dunn of Iowa University (6-7, 6-2, 16-14) and Sven Kasper of Depaul University (6-4, 6-2). He will square off against Matija Palinic of Depaul on Sunday morning.

In the Flight B back draw, Klawitter advanced to semifinals with wins over Sam O’Neill of Butler University (6-4, 6-3) and identical victories (3-6, 7-6 (3), 10-7) over Ben Brocker of the University of Toledo and Mitch Beckert of Iowa. The second-year Spartan will take on Chris Speer of Iowa in the semifinals on Sunday morning.

Junior Richard Brunsting (Nashville, Tenn./Montgomery Bell Academy) and freshman Bas Van Lent (Wexford, Pa./Pine-Richland) each went 1-1 on Saturday in the Flight B back draw. Brunsting bested Ruben Geeraert from Butler (1-6, 6-1, 10-8) before falling to Western Michigan University’s Aaron Wong (7-6, 6-4).  Van Lent defeated Thomas Kroczek of Purdue (6-4, 6-3) before losing to Chris Speer of Iowa in straight sets (6-1, 6-1).

Fox’s First Goal of Season is Match-Winner as 

B-W Beats Grove City (Pa.), 2-1, in Double 


GROVE CITY, PENNSYLVANIA– Senior forward Noelle Fox (Canfield) scored her first goal of the season and it was the match-winner as the Baldwin-Wallace College women’s soccer team beat host Grove City (Pa.) College, 2-1 in double overtime, today (Saturday, September 17, 2011) in Grove City, Pennsylvania. The win was B-W’s second straight.

With its win, B-W is now 4-2 overall and next plays on Tuesday, Sept. 20 when it hosts Cleveland cross-town rival Case Western Reserve University in a non-league match on Tressel Field in The George Finnie Stadium at 7:00 p.m.  With its loss, GCC is 2-4 overall.

The Wolverines opened the scoring at the 31:43 mark when Grace Rieman scored via a pass and assist from Sarah Flenniken.  Grove City went into the lockerroom with a 1-0 advantage.

The Yellow Jackets tied the contest at 1-1 at the 48:39 mark of the second half when sophomore forward Heather Keller (Parma/ Senior) tallied her third goal of the season unassisted.  The game remained that way heading to overtime.

In the second extra session, senior forward Noelle Fox (Canfield) scored the game-winner on her first goal of the season at the 1:02.13 mark following a corner kick by Rachel Gokey (Seville/ Lodi Cloverleaf).

In goal, freshman Claire LoPresti (Bethel Park, Pa./ Bethel Park) faced 16 Grove City shots, allowed one goal and made five saves as she won her first collegiate contest.  The Yellow Jackets won the battle of shots, 16-15, but GCC won the battle of corner kicks, 5-4.

Hulings Nets Seventh Career Shutout as B-W 

Men Blank Host Grove City (Pa.), 3-0

GROVE CITY, PENNSYLVANIA– Baldwin-Wallace College junior goalie Ryan Hulings (Centerville) recorded his seventh career shutout as the Yellow Jacket men’s soccer team blanked host Grove City College of Pennsylvania, 3-0, today (Saturday, September 17, 2011) in Grove City. The victory was the sixth straight for the Yellow Jackets who are ranked seventh in the Great Lakes Region of Division III.

Hulings faced 12 GCC shots and made four saves en route to his first shutout this season and the seventh of his career. He also lowered his goals-against-average this season to 1.22 per contest.  For his career, Hulings has played in 35 contests, has a 15-8-4 career mark and now owns a 1.13 GAA.

With its win, B-W is now 6-1 overall and next plays on Wednesday, Sept. 21 when it hosts No. 24-nationally-ranked Allegheny (Pa.) College on Tressel Field in The George Finnie Stadium. Allegheny also is ranked third in the Great Lakes.  With its loss, Grove City, which was receiving votes in the regional poll, falls to 3-3 overall.

B-W opened the scoring at the 12:23 mark of the first half when it received an own goal for a 1-0 lead.  The GCC defender was attempting to clear the ball and deflected a cross into his own goal

The lead grew to 2-0 at the 37:25 mark of the first period when junior All-Ohio Athletic Conference defender Tommy Kramer (Columbus/ WorthingtonKIlbourne) scored.  The score remained 2-0 at the intermission.

B-W added “icing to the win” and increased its advantage to 3-0 at the 50:29 mark when senior midfielder Pete Childerson (Alliance) scored an unassisted goal.
On things that the GRove City defense did do was stop this week’s OAC Men’s Soccer Player of the Week, Carlin Vandendriessche (Medina/ Senior) from scoring. On Wednesday, Vandendriessche tied Jeff Schenk (1983-86) for the all-time Yellow Jacket goals scored with 36. His 77 career points scored (36 goals and 25 assists) is three points shy of Tyler Leister (2007-10) for third on the all-time scoring.  Schenk also holds that mark with 92 and Pete Angelokostopoulos (1997-2000) is second with 86.

Stow's Cody Nickson Shoots Two 75s As WSU Golf Sixth After First Day of UK Bluegrass Invite

The Wright State golf team is sixth after two rounds of the UK Bluegrass Fall Invitational, held Saturday at the University Club of Kentucky in Lexington.

Jordan Higgins leads the way for the Raiders as he is 10th with a two-round score of 144, including a second round score of 69. Scott Thompson is tied for 20th with a 148.

WSU Results

10) Jordan Higgins, 75-69=144

T20) Scott Thompson, 75-73=148

T27) Cody Nickson, 75-75=150

T39) Cody Fixari, 79-73=152

T80) Paul VanDeventer, 82-81=163

Visiting Cardinals Hold Off Storm in 35-20 Shootout

Bensinger (South Range) sets school record with a pair of picks, James (Mentor) has 5th 100-yard goal

PAINESVILLE – Senior defensive back Steve Bensinger (Poland, Ohio/South Ridge) became the first player in Lake Erie College history to intercept two passes in a single game but it was the three TD passes fromSaginaw Valley State University quarterback Jonathon Jennings that were the difference in a 35-20 Cardinals victory at Jack Britt Memorial Stadium Saturday night (Sept. 17).

Bensinger’s two fourth-quarter interceptions kept the Storm in the game deep into the period, but Jennings’ final TD pass, a 34-yarder to Jeff Janis, put Lake Erie behind by two scores and gave the Cardinals firm command. Jennings also threw TD passes of 59 and 76-yards as he tossed for 334 yards with Janis accounting for 144 yards and two scores.

Mentor's James

The Lake Erie (1-2, 0-2 GLIAC) offensive attack was led by the first 100-yard receiving game of the season (fifth career) by senior Brandon James (Mentor, Ohio/Mentor) as he caught eight balls for 101 yards and a touchdown. 

Senior Sean Bedevelsky (Brunswick, Ohio/Brunswick) got those passes to James, going 18-of-30 on the night with one touchdown throwing and rushing.  Senior wingback Patrick Lunney (Mt. Shasta, Calif./Mt. Shasta) was the leading ball carrier for the Green and White with 49 yards on six carries, also hauling in four passes for 61 yards. 

Redshirt sophomore DaVon Coman (Akron, Ohio/North) led the Storm defense with 11 tackles (nine solo), blowing away his previous career high of three stops. Junior defensive lineman Taylor Leppla (Cambridge, Ohio/Cambridge) added nine stops and senior linebacker Cameron Bryant (Lorain, Ohio/Admiral King) made eight.

Junior kicker/punter Sam Marcotte (Chardon, Ohio/Chardon) pinned Saginaw Valley back to its own four-yard line but SVSU quickly covered the 96 yards.  Undeterred, Lake Erie drove 77 yards on seven plays completed by James 11-yard TD strike. 

Baldwin-Wallace Men’s Tennis Team Defeats Malone and 


NORTH CANTON, OHIO -- The Baldwin-Wallace College men’s tennis team opened its 2011-12 season by defeating both NCAA Division II Malone University, 8-1, in North Canton in the morning, and then drove to Steubenville in the afternoon to beat Fransiscan University, 8-1, today (Saturday, September 17, 2011) each by a final score of 8-1.

In beating Malone, the Yellow Jackets won five of six singles and all three doubles matches.  In singles play, senior number one singles player Alex Trzeciak (Avon Lake) won with the scores of 6-3 and 6-2, junior No.2 player Joe Horvath (North Royalton) won in straight sets 6-0 and 6-0. In addition for the Jackets, sophomore No.4 player Brad Minrovic (Akron/ Ellet) won 6-1 and 6-1, junior No.5 player Kyle Patterson (Wooster/ Triway) won 6-2 and 6-0, and sophomore No.6 player Josh Pecinovsky (Whitehall/ Columbus Bishop Hartley) won 6-0 and 6-1. In doubles play, B-W took all three matches to earn three points. The No.1 duo of Trzeciak and Minrovic won with a score of 8-3, the No. 2 duo junior No.3 singles player Alex Kearney (North Olmsted) and senior doubles specialist Taylor Long (Ashland) won a close match, 8-6, and the No.3 tandem of Horvath and Patterson were victorious, 8-1.

In its win at Fransiscan, B-W again won five of six singles and all three doubles matches. In singles, Trzeciak won at No.1 in straight sets by the scores of 6-3 and 6-4, Horvath won at No.2 by a 6-1 and 6-1 score, Kearney won at No.3 in three sets with scores of 6-2, 2-6 and 1-0 (6), Minrovic won at No.5 by a 6-1 and 6-0 count and Pecinovsky won at No6 by a 6-2 and 6-0 score. B-W again swept the doubles competition. Trzeciak and Horvath won at No.1 by an 8-3 score, Minrovic and Long triumphed at No.2 by a 9-7 score, and Kearney and Patterson won at No.3 by a 8-3 score.

Spartans Finish Third in Team Standings at Prestigious Calvin Invite

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – Led by senior Natalia Cabrera (Shaker Heights, Ohio/Shaker Heights), the Case Western women’s cross country team wound up with an impressive third-place finish at the competitive Calvin College (Mich.) Knight Invitational Saturday run at the Gainey Athletic Fields.
Host Calvin – ranked No. 15 in the latest United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCA) national poll – took home the team title with 27 points followed by Ohio Northern University in second with 66 and Case in third with 113.

Cabrera paced the Spartans with a stellar fifth-place finish overall out of 186 runners in a time of 17:56.90. Junior Corin Bowen (Midland, Michigan/Bullock Creek) stopped the clock in 12th with a time of 18:28.30, while freshman Erica Bauerbach (St. Charles, Illinois/St. Charles North) continues to impress via a 19th-place finish in 18:36.70. Sophomore Brooke Simpson (Solon, Ohio/Solon) finished 25th in 18:45.40 and junior Megan Milne (Naperville, Illinois/Naperville North) rounded out the Spartans’ scoring coming in 65th place in 19:48.60.

Baldwin-Wallace Women’s Tennis Team Plays in First Day of Oberlin Tourney

BEREA, OHIO -- The defending Ohio Athletic Conference champion Baldwin-Wallace College women’s tennis team opened play today (Friday, SEptember 16, 2011) at the three-day Oberlin College Invitational Tournament in Oberlin College.   Eight singles players and three doubles teams were in action.  Play continues on Saturday (Sept. 17) and concludes on Sunday (Sept. 18).

In singles play, three Yellow Jackets earned victories.  They were freshman Rachel Bertrand (Avon), junior Rebecca Mittler (Elyria/ Catholic) and junior Danielle Rueger (Ashland/ Senior).  Bertrand defeated Allison Mora of Cleveland cross-town rival John Carroll University, 6-3 and 7-5. Mittler defeated rival Brittany Miller of Ohio Northern UNiversity in three sets, 7-5, 2-6 and 6-3. Rueger beat Mary Fuller of Oberlin in straight sets, 6-1 and 6-1.


Wirkus’s Two Interceptions, Splain’s Offensive Spark lead Dayton To 11th Straight League Win

The University of Dayton football team took control in the second half to defeat the Marist Red Foxes 24-10 Saturday at Welcome Stadium in the Pioneer Football League opener for both teams.  After Marist scored with 22 seconds to go in the first half to make the halftime score 14-10, Dayton scored 10 unanswered points and outgained Marist 191-74 in the second half.

Broadview Heights native Steve Wirkus

The game began looking like it might be a repeat of last year’s double-overtime Dayton win at Marist, with the first quarter ending with stats virtually even and the score deadlocked 0-0. 

Starting with the ball in the second quarter at his own 20-yard line, Marist quarterback Chuckie Looney led an efficient drive down deep into Flyer territory behind a couple big plays to tight end Anthony Calcagni and wideout Bartley Leneghan.  Dayton safety Steve Wirkus broke up a pass on third down and four to go, and the Flyers forced the Red Foxes to settle for a Jason Myers 31-yard field goal.

After a Dayton three-and-out on its next possession, Marist regained possession at its own 34-yard line, but the Flyers stood their ground, forcing a Marist punt with 5:57 to play in the half. 

At this point, Flyer coach Rick Chamberlin opted for a change at quarterback, inserting redshirt sophomore Zach Splain in relief of redshirt freshman Will Bardo.  Splain got off to a hot start right away, completing a sharp nine-yard first down pass to Jordan Boykin in his first set of downs.  Even after a holding call set the Flyers back, Splain responded with a strike to Luke Bellman for 30 yards and a first down.  Setting up now at the Marist 30-yard line, Splain hit senior wide receiver Tyler Schutz on a slant for the touchdown pass that gave Dayton a 7-3 lead.  The reception was Schutz’s first reception of the year, his first career TD and also Splain’s first touchdown pass in a Flyer uniform.

Two plays later, UD safety Ben Welsh reached in and pulled the ball out of Marist receiver Amani Martin’s hands, technically causing and recovering the fumble that gave the Flyers the ball at the Marist 30.  Six plays later, Splain found another receiver hauling in his first career TD.  Redshirt sophomore Jordan Elmore’s first career catch was a 15-yard score that put Dayton up 14-3 with 1:13 left in the half.

But Looney and the Red Foxes drove 64 yards in just four plays, Calcagni accounted for 40 yards with one catch-and-run and 10 more on another. Looney hit Kevin Fitzpatrick for a six-yard TD with 22 seconds left to send the teams into halftime with the score Dayton 14, Marist 10.

UD took the second-half kickoff but was able only get one first down (the only one of Splain’s first five series that did not result in points), but on the first Marist play, Wirkus made his second interception of the day, putting the Dayton offense back on the field at the Marist 38-yard line.